Welcome to Akielos Reviews, a review site run by eeames. I aim to bring you fast, specific feedback to help you improve your page. I have been web designing (for fun) and making graphics for over ten years, so my hope is that whatever experience I have will be beneficial to you :) This review site offers in-depth reviews and also rubric cards for those who prefer brevity. Feel free to neomail me any questions before requesting!
July 15, 2016 - added an in-depth review of Pascal.
July 7, 2016 - all reviews are open!
Types of Reviews
Click on a button to learn more about each type of review.
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Each category in your rubric card has a maximum of 3 gems you can earn. The total number of gems you receive is your final score, with which you can earn a gold/silver/bronze standing in the Akielos Archives.
Time Frame: 3-5 days
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You will receive a rubric card with brief comments in each section. Quick and easy, if you want some fast feedback on your page! This rubric is suitable for all types of sites. (This rubric is not eligible for gems.)
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This rubric card has 9 categories to score in and is ideal for graphics sites, request sites, pet applications, and other sites (see generic rubric). You will receive one scored rubric card and in my neomail to you: a paragraph on what I enjoyed from your page, and any suggestions/feedback I may have.
18-20 GEMS 21-24 GEMS 25-27 GEMS
Generic Rubric (will tailor to your site!)
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This rubric card has 16 categories to score in and is currently available only for graphics sites. You will receive one scored rubric card and in my neomail to you: a paragraph on what I enjoyed from your page, and any suggestions/feedback I may have.
35-39 GEMS 40-44 GEMS 45-48 GEMS
A written review takes longer as I am hoping to offer written feedback in each section. I will tell you where you earned and lost marks, and any suggestions I have for you.
Time Frame: 1 week, 2 weeks if my queue is full
Graphics Site /50
LAYOUT /10 I am looking for a good eye for design. Your use of images, colours, and typography work well together. A high scoring layout has edited the original images significantly but effectively, and used resources where appropriate to enhance your graphic. Does your content fit in with your layout, or do the graphics overwhelm it? I will also be looking at what you have done with the coding (if you are using a pre-made, what changes have you made to make it your own?). The score you receive is halved if using pre-made coding (e.g., you received 8/10 but used a premade code, your final score is 4/10)
QUALITY /10 A high score in this section requires quality graphics that are beautifully crafted, and is something that will appeal to most visitors. Is there breadth to your graphics? For example, is there a variety of user lookups as opposed to one using the same code/style but just different images?
QUANTITY /5 How many kinds of graphics do you offer? You will receive 1 mark for each type, provided that there is at least 5 offered in that section. (For example: six user lookups = 1, five pet page codes = 1, one button = 0; final score is 3/5)
MY FAVES /10 You will receive 1 mark for each graphic I ♥♥ for a maximum of 10 marks.
ORGANIZATION /5 How are the graphics in your site organized? Is it intuitive and easy to move between sections? A high score in organization requires a user-friendly website. I will also look at your sitely section and look for credits page, link back button, and communication options between you and your visitors.
AESTHETIC /10 A high scoring site has a seamless navigation, easy to read text, and mostly correct grammar used. Does the overall website look clean and well put together? Am I impressed?
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Pet Application /50
LAYOUT /10 I am looking for a clean, appealing layout that includes images of the pet you are applying for. A high scoring layout has edited the original images significantly but effectively, and used resources where appropriate to enhance your graphic. It is okay to use a pre-made, but what have you done to make this layout yours?
HOW MANY SECTIONS? /5 You will receive 1 mark for each completed section, for a maximum of 5 marks.
CONTENT /25 In the three sections below, I will be looking at the quality of the content. What is my interest level? Has time and thought been put into what you have written and created? I will do a quick grammar check (not a full proofread) as well.
★ About You
★ Why you want the pet
★ Future plans
ART /5 Artwork makes a huge difference in a pet application! It shows 110% effort. A high score in this section has artwork created by the user. Not an artist? Not a problem! You may have to go out of your way to ask for some artwork. Or hunt down some cute adoptables to add to your page (with proper credit, of course). Alternatively, I will also count graphics as ~art~.
AESTHETIC /5 A high score in aesthetic has easy to read text, completed sections, and correct grammar used. Does the overall application look clean and well put together? Am I impressed? Would I pick you?
1. 1 review per person at a time. 2. Do not make lots of changes to your site after you submit a review request. It makes it hard for me to review if things keep changing. 3. Please don't get defensive over a low score or if you disagree with me. We're all doing this for fun, and it's okay if you choose not to change what I suggest :) 4. Feeling intimidated? Type "benevolent bison" in your neomail if you want a gentler review. 5.RE-REVIEW POLICY: If you received a score lower than 30/50 in an in-depth review, or did not receive bronze/silver/gold on your rubric card, I will be happy to do a re-review for you! You must have made substantial changes to your site before I do so. Please submit re-review requests 3 weeks after.
Please read over the rules + rubrics first! I will neomail you to confirm I am doing a review, and will also neomail you when it is done Be thorough in your neomail, include any extra information you think I need to know.
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